Charles A. Linker

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We reviewed the medical records of 44 adults with 50 consecutive episodes of thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura (TTP) or hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) seen at the University of California, San Francisco affiliated hospitals during the past decade. Patients were treated according to a uniform plan in which initial therapy included daily large volume(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the safety and efficacy of high-dose [(131)I]metaiodobenzylguanidine ([(131)I]MIBG) in the treatment of malignant pheochromocytoma (PHEO) and paraganglioma (PGL). METHODS Fifty patients with metastatic PHEO or PGL, age 10 to 64 years, were treated with [(131)I]MIBG doses ranging from 492 to 1,160 mCi (median, 12 mCi/kg). Cumulative(More)
We reviewed the records of 32 patients with acute leukemia and proved invasive fungal infections to determine the clinical and pathologic characteristics of systemic mycosis in patients undergoing intensive induction chemotherapy. The incidence of invasive fungal infections among our patients was at least 27 percent, and Candida and Aspergillus accounted(More)
A syndrome indistinguishable from idiopathic polymyositis occurred in 11 patients as a manifestation of chronic GVHD. All patients had elevation of creatine phosphokinase (CPK). Immunohistology demonstrated the effector cells in the muscle infiltrates as cytotoxic T cells, a finding similar to idiopathic polymyositis. Polymyositis is a rarely reported(More)
We have studied the use of a new preparative regimen for the treatment of patients in remission of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with autologous bone marrow transplantation. Chemotherapy consisted of busulfan 1 mg/kg every 6 hours for 4 days (total dose, 16 mg/kg) on days -7 through -4 followed by an intravenous infusion over 6 to 10 hours of etoposide 60(More)
Recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF; filgrastim) shortens the time to neutrophil recovery after intensive chemotherapy, but its role in the treatment of adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is uncertain. We randomly assigned 198 adults with untreated ALL (median age, 35 years; range, 16 to 83) to receive either placebo(More)
To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of a high-dose mitoxantrone-based induction regimen without consolidation therapy in patients over age 60 with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML), 54 patients aged 60–83 were randomized to receive mitoxantrone, either 80 mg/m2 on day 2, or 12 mg/m2 on days 1–3 in addition to cytarabine, 3 g/m2 on days 1–5.(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Previous reports have suggested that endoscopic evaluation, with histological and microbiological examination of biopsied tissue, is required to diagnose gastrointestinal disease accurately in patients after allogeneic bone-marrow transplantation. We sought to further define the usefulness, yield, and sensitivity of endoscopic(More)
Delayed platelet recovery is a significant complication after both autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). A multicenter, phase I dose-escalation study of recombinant human thrombopoietin (rhTPO) was conducted to assess its safety and to obtain preliminary data on its efficacy in patients with persistent severe(More)
BACKGROUND Autologous bone marrow transplantation is an important therapy for patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). However, leukemia in the graft may contribute to posttransplant relapse. Treatment of the graft with 4-hydroperoxycyclophosphamide (4HC) is sometimes used to decrease numbers of infused leukemia cells (4HC purging). No large(More)